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National Summary


Today will be cold with heavy showers of rain, hail and sleet and a risk of thunder. Some snow flurries are possible on high ground for a time this morning. Sunny spells also, the best of these in the east and northeast. Highest temperatures of just 4 to 7 degrees with mostly moderate southwest winds, but strong and gusty in the southwest.


Tonight, showers will continue, but will become confined to western areas later in the night. A band of rain and sleet will move down from the northwest over Connacht and Ulster towards dawn. It will be cold with frost developing in places. Lowest temperatures of -2 to +2 degrees.


On Tuesday morning, showery rain and sleet will extend southeastwards and clear by noon. Sunny spells will develop. However, further showers or longer spells of rain will follow from the northwest. Blustery or windy with fresh to strong, gusty west to northwest winds. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees.


OUTLOOK: Very changeable into next week, and cold, especially early on. TOMORROW NIGHT: A bitterly cold night with a widespread sharp to severe frost and some icy stretches. Whilst many areas will see a lot of dry weather under clear skies, some wintry showers about too, most of these occurring closer to the Atlantic. Snowfall will mainly be confined to higher elevations however. Lowest temperatures 0 to minus 3 degrees in light to moderate southerly breezes. TUESDAY: A cold windy day, in a brisk northwest breeze. Widespread wintry showers to begin with some wet snow for a time. Snowfall will be mainly confined once again to higher elevations, but a light dusting is possible locally. Showers mainly of rain as of late morning, with more in the way of sunny spells developing as it becomes mostly dry. Highest temperatures 6 to 9 degrees Celsius, but with an added wind chill. WEDNESDAY: Dry in parts to begin with some hazy sunshine and frost clearing. However a spell of wet and breezy weather will gradually feed up from the southwest, turning wintry for a time locally. Highest temperatures of only 5 to 9 degrees Celsius, in fresh and gusty westerly winds.THURSDAY: A little less cold; highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees, with mostly dry weather and sunny spells. A few well scattered showers occurring too though, in a moderate westerly breeze.

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Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

South, 12 Knots, Gust 23 Knots, Fair, 24 Miles, 983, Falling slowly

Dublin Airport

South, 7 Knots, Fair, 16 Miles, 986, Falling

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

West, 16 Knots, Wave ht: 4.1 m, The visibility at Tuskar is greater than 10 Miles, 993, Falling slowly

Roches Point Automatic

Southwest, 5 Knots, Recent rain, 21 Miles, 986, Falling

Sherkin Island Automatic

West-Southwest, 17 Knots, Gust 30 Knots, Recent rain, 8 Miles, 986, Falling

Valentia Automatic

West-Southwest, 12 Knots, Gust 24 Knots, Fair, 16 Miles, 985, Falling

Mace Head Automatic

West-Southwest, 20 Knots, Light rain, 3 Miles, 982, Falling

Belmullet Automatic

South, 15 Knots, Gust 25 Knots, Recent rain, 12 Miles, 981, Falling

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

Southwest, 11 Knots, Wave ht: 1.4 m, 986, Falling

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

Report not available

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

Southwest, 17 Knots, Wave height not available, 979, Falling

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

West-Northwest, 26 Knots, Gust 44 Knots, Wave ht: 7.8 m, 981, Falling slowly

Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 1200 Sunday 26 February 2017 Issued at 1200 Saturday 25 February 2017

Meteorological Situation at 0900: Frontal troughs are slow moving across Ireland as a weak ridge develops from the Atlantic. A southwesterly airflow extends over the country.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Fair Head to Carnsore Point to Valentia and the Irish Sea

Wind: Southwest force 5 to 7, veering westerly force 4 to 5 by early tonight, backing south to southwest and increasing force 6 to gale force 8 tomorrow morning.

Weather: Rain or showers

Visibility: Moderate to poor at times

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Valentia to Erris Head to Fair Head

Wind: West force 4 to 5, backing south to southwest overnight and increasing force 6 to gale force 8, veering westerly force 4 to 6 tomorrow morning.

Weather: Rain or showers

Visibility: Moderate to poor at times

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 1200 Monday 27 February 2017: Fresh to strong westerly winds on Sunday night will moderate during Monday.

Weather Warnings

Gale Warning

Westerly winds will reach gale force this afternoon and evening on coasts from Roches Pt to Mizen Head to Valentia and will reach strong gale force for a time near Mizen Head.

Small Craft Warning

Westerly winds will reach force 6 or 7 this afternoon and this evening on coasts from Carnsore Pt to Hook Head to Roches Pt and also on coasts from Valentia to Loop Head.